Trombonist Nick Garrison maintains an active freelance career performing orchestral, jazz, and contemporary music. He is currently the second trombonist with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2010. Nick currently resides in North Carolina and has performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, and holds a faculty position teaching Applied Trombone at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. As a freelance artist, he developed his career in New Orleans and south Louisiana over twelve years, performing with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Opera Association, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. He has shared the stage with such musicians as Rufus Reid, Topsy Chapman, Ellis Marsalis, Sonny Landreth, Marcia Ball, Marc Broussard, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Tony Dagradi, Lena Prima, The Treme Brass Band, Jovin Webb, Grammy-winning artists Lost Bayou Ramblers and Chubby Carrier, and trombone legends including Joseph Alessi, Bill Reichenbach, Alex Iles, and Phil Teele.
An internationally touring performer, Nick has played festivals and venues in more than 35 states, as well as throughout England, France, Canada, Haiti, Turkey, Wales, Australia, and New Zealand. His main touring and recording projects have included positions with the Dirty Bourbon River Show, the New Orleans Swinging Gypsies, the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Taylor Smith and The Roamin' Jasmine, and The Easy. As a recording artist, arranger and composer, he has been featured on more than twenty albums released since 2014.
As an educator, Nick runs the Low Brass Studio at UNC Asheville, and currently offers masterclasses to universities and festivals on Freelancing for the Crossover Trombonist. Nick has taught privately at high schools, middle schools, and Montessori academies. While on staff at Baton Rouge Music Studios, he was Director of the Advanced Industry Training Program, and Director of Young Band Nation Summer Camps. He has served as the trombone and euphonium judge for auditions into Louisiana All-State Band and Orchestra, as well as multiple All-Parish honor bands and jazz ensembles.
Nick graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree, where he studied with Dr. Jeannie Little and Steven Menard. Other teachers include Sean Reusch, Dr. Brian Shaw, Dr. Joseph Skillen, and Dr. John Bishop.